What are the thoughts on natures recipe? I'm feeding the fish formula currently because the puppy has HORRIBLE allerigies.
Has anyone heard of Harmony pet food??http://www.harmonypetproducts.com/
Nature's Recipe--not so much. Manufactured by Del Monte Foods. They have an all-life stages food (Farm Stand Selects) out that would actually be pretty decent if it weren't for the "animal digest" and the broken down potato.
Turkey, turkey meal, ground rice, barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols),oatmeal, potato protein, cranberriers, apples, peas, carrots, animal digest, tomato pomace, sodium tripolyphosphate, flax see, potassium chloride, salt, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), inositol, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, D-calcium pantothenatie, thiamine mononitrate, beta-carotene, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, vitamin D3 supllement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement) minerals (zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, maganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), yucca schidigera, choline chloride, rosemary extract
Are you sure it's Nature's Recipe? I do not recall seeing a fish formula. And in my digging online, I couldn't find it either. Is it possible that you are feeding Natural Balance? I know they have a fish/sweet potato food that is pretty good for allergies.
Wellness foods have a line of foods called Simple Solutions. Very simple foods. One protein, one carbohydrate. They have a duck/rice(?) and a venison. Another good choice for allergies. Wellness Simple Solutions
As for the Harmony Pet prooducts food: Concerns in bold, my comments in italics
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Rye, Oats, good to see whole grains rather than processed grains. Chicken Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Chicken Flavor, eh--flavoring agents bother me for some reason. I guess I figure if the food is decent enough to stand alone and be palatable then it should not need addtional flavors. Menhaden Fish Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Beet Pulp (Sugar Removed) while it can be a beneficial fiber; there are better alternatives thus making it a binding agent and a filler, Ground Flax Seed, Dried Eggs, Peas, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Canola Oil, Apples, Potassium Chloride, Sea Salt, Blueberries, I'd prefer to see the vegetables/fruits BEFORE the fiber so they make up a better part of the food, but hey... Chicory Root Extract, Dried Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtilis, Bifodobacterium Thermo-philum, Bifidobacterium Longum, Enterococcus Faecium, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate (Source of Chelated Zinc) Chelated minerals are good! They are attached to amino acids, making them easier to digest and put to use rather than standing alone, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate (Source of Chelated Iron), Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Lecithin, Manganese Proteinate (Source of Chelated Manganese), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Ascorbate (Source of Vitamin C), Vitamin A Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate (Source of Chelated Cobalt), Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Copper Proteinate (Source of Chelated Copper), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide (Source of Iodine), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Rosemary Extract, Biotin, Folic Acid, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite Google it!! (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Sodium Selenite.
So all in all, not a bad food based on the ingredients.
Crude Protein 24.0% min
Crude Fat 14.0% min
Crude Fiber 4.0% max
Moisture 0.0% max
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* 3.2% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* 0.5% min
MissKiwi can give a better breakdown based on the analysis. I am not too terribly familiar with the ratios the food should contain.
(there's always the but, isn't there?
) I would be leery of any food that can be found at a Target. As much as I LOVE my Target, I would not buy pet food from there. Once it's carried at a store like that, it gets the term 'grocery-store' brand and I have a thing about not ever buying grocery store brand foods. Just my thing.
Another thing to consider about pet foods is not all dogs do well on the same foods. For example, I feed Innova EVO and my dog does GREAT on this food. Others, not so much. Different dogs do well on different foods. That's what's most important when choosing a food. Yes, it should be good for them BUT just because you are feeding the best food possible does not mean the dog will thrive on it. The dog is a puppy too, so as he gets older, his ability to handle some foods might change. It took me a better part of a year to find a food that my dog does really well on. Matter of fact, I've found two. One happens to be a lot cheaper than the other.
What is the puppy allergic to, have you found out exactly what the allergens are?